Diabetes:  Know your ABCs

A diabetes diagnosis can mean making a lot of changes. If you've been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important to eat healthy and get active to help manage the disease. To stay healthy, know your ABCs: your A1C, your blood pressure and your cholesterol.

  • A1C: This is a blood test that shows the blood sugar control for the past three months. You should get this done every three to six months and try to have levels under 7 percent.
  • Blood pressure: You should get your blood pressure measured at every doctor visit. Your goal should be under 140/90.
  • Cholesterol: A cholesterol test will measure the fat in your blood. If your cholesterol levels are too high, your doctor may prescribe medicine to help your body control it. See below for target cholesterol levels.
    • Total Cholesterol: Under 200
    • LDL Cholesterol: Under 100 (under 70 if at high risk for heart disease)
    • HDL Cholesterol: Over 40 for men, over 50 for women
    • Triglycerides: Under 150